A roof that is neglected and due to that, damaged, can cost much more than the full replacement. Further down you will find tips on how to inspect the roof and how to evaluate the level of damage.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE INSPECTIONS? The main rule is to inspect your roof either annually or bi-annually. We suggest you to check your roof after bad storms (hail, snow, tornados ...).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR DURING THE INSPECTION?
- Check the flashings on the roof. If it appears to be damaged, fix them right away. Damaged flashings cause failure of the interior walls and, also the wear and tear - Check the chimney, see if the cap is damaged or missing - Never walk directly on the shingles during the inspection, you may damage them. - Asphalt has a granular surface, and with time, it becomes brittle and loses the protective granules. If you spot a lot of granules in the gutters and downspouts, your roof is starting to age and may be needing the replacement. - Many broken, missing or curled shingles are also a bad sign. If an inspection exposes that approximately one-third of the shingles are damaged, it is the right time for a new roof. - Look for any signs of pitting, corrosion or rusting that are the natural results of roof aging. - For some roofing materials (clay tile, slate), stepping on them can harm them, and due to that, make an inspection from the ground, using binoculars for a closer look. Check for any missing, chipped or broken roof materials. - Inspect and try to find any cracked or damaged vent pipes. - Signs of moss and moisture may be the signals that indicate that the roof is decaying underneath. Algae stains are not a problem, these stains are just a cosmetic issue.
IN CONCLUSION In any case, like Frank from Reilly Roofing says remember that you can inspect your roof from the ground using the binoculars. Always inspect those areas that look damaged or show signs of water leakage. By making regular inspections you will save a lot of money, and reduce all the overall roof costs that include all the necessary repairs.